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Postby liny195 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:20 am

The preseason finale for any team is about the worst version of NFL football you will ever watch. Most Youth Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey , if not all, front-line players won’t play. By Saturday, lots of guys who get extended playing time in their team’s preseason finals won’t be in the NFL any longer. Many never to return. What you see won’t, in any way, be a real representation of what your favorite team will look like when the regular season begins.With all of those things in mind, MetLife Stadium will be maybe one-third full Thursday night when your New York Giants face the New England Patriots (7 p.m. ET) in the final preseason game for both teams.Still, there are plenty of good reasons to attend if you have tickets, or to watch the game if you don’t. Let’s go through some of them.Davis Webb and Kyle LaulettaIf everything goes according to plan for the Giants, Thursday night will be the last time you see either young quarterback take anything other than a handful of mop-up snaps this season.Webb has shown both the ups and downs of life with a young quarterback this season, but along the way has showcased the arm and the growing confidence that make him intriguing. Lauletta doesn’t have Webb’s howitzer, but he has accuracy, anticipation, movement skills Authentic Rhett Ellison Jersey , has taken good care of the ball and managed to make enough plays to also be intriguing.Offensive line roster spotsForget the starters. You aren’t going to see them Thursday, or at least not enough of them to be meaningful. The backup spots remain unsettled, especially at tackle. Can Chad Wheeler or Nick Becton play well enough to secure a spot, or will their play convince the Giants to seek an upgrade? John Greco (center/guard) and John Jerry look like likely backups, but could Chris Scott, Zak Kerin or someone else make a push?Young running backsWith Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman and Jonathan Stewart it doesn’t seem likely that the Giants will keep an extra running back on the 53-man roster. Young rushers Robert Martin (12 carries, 86 yards, 7.2 yards per attempt), Jalen Simmons (13 carries, 48 yards, 3.8 yards per attempt) and Jhurell Pressley (13 carries, 71 yards Authentic Kerry Wynn Jersey , 5.5 yards per attempt) have all done good things. Can one of them force his way onto the roster?Last chance for Roger Lewis Jr.?Since the spring it has been apparent that Roger Lewis, despite 36 catches a year ago, wasn’t a player favored by the Giants’ new regime. Cody Latimer has become the third receiver, and Hunter Sharp, Kalif Raymond, Russell Shepard and Amba Etta-Tawo have all gotten more opportunities than Lewis in both practices and games.Thursday is Lewis’s last chance to show the Giants something, or to put something good on film for the other 31 teams.Curtis RileyRaj Mehta-USA TODAY SportsFinal starting spots unveiled?Who doesn’t play Thursday might tell us who the Giants will look as the starting slot corner and starting safety. There is an assumption those jobs will go to B.W. Webb and Curtis Riley, respectively. If they get the starter treatment — meaning, they don’t play — that will be confirmed.Can Aldrick stay perfect?Aldrick Rosas went 8-for-8 on field goals last preseason. He is 6-for-6 this preseason. Can he finish off a second straight perfect preseason? The more important question, of course, is what Rosas will do in the regular season. Still, it would be nice to see him stay perfect on the preseason.Snap counts will tell a storyEnd of the roster guys who either don’t play, or see very little action Authentic Alec Ogletree Jersey , are almost certain to get cut on Saturday. So, we should get some roster hints.Punt return competitionHas Hunter Sharp already won the job? Can Kalif Raymond take it away? Raymond would appear to need a big night vs. New England. Let’s see if he can have one.Giants-Cowboys final score: Giants beaten 20-13 by Dallas The New York Giants fell to 0-2 with a 20-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Only 11 percent of teams that have started 0-2 have made the playoffs since 2007.“We didn’t do anything well enough on offense to win this game,” coach Pat Shurmur said.The Giants fell behind early when Dak Prescott, challenged by the Giants to win the game with his arm, hit Tavon Austin for a 64-yard score on the first possession of the game. They never recovered.Eli Manning was under pressure all night. Manning was sacked 6 times for 59 yards while completing 33-of-44 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown.The Dallas pressure prevented the Giants from getting Odell Beckham Jr., involved in the game in a meaningful way. Beckham caught only 4 passes for 51 yards.Saquon Barkley ran 11 times for 28 yards and caught 14 passes for 79 yards. Evan Engram caught 7 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.For the game, the Giants averaged only 3.8 yards per play. Dallas averaged 6.0 yards per play.Injury newsEli Apple was ruled in the third quarter with a groin injury. Starting center Jon Halapio was carted off in the third quarter with an air cast on his right leg.Tim Heitman-USA TODAY SportsMoments that mattered“Challenge accepted” and challenge met on first Dallas drive. After the Giants were upfront about saying thyat wanted to make DSallas quarterback Dak Prescott win the game with his arm, Prescott his Tavon Austin for a 64-yard touchdown on Dallas’s first possession. Ramblin’ Eli. Eli Manning picked up first downs on back-to-back fourth-down quarterback sneaks in the second quarter. Per the NBC broadcast, Manning hadn’t run the sneak since 2010.First half summary. The Giants trailed 10-0 at the half. Eli Manning was sacked four times and the Giants never crossed the 50-yard line in five possessions.Avalanche! Manning was ultimately sacked 6 times for 59 yards. He was under pressure all night, unable to get the ball down the field.What’s next?The Giants will be on the road again, this time facing the 0-2 Houston Texans. That game starts at 1 p.m. ET.
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